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Germinal by Émile Zola
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May 19, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: 19th-century-fiction

i didn't love this as the Zola "masterpiece" that it is frequently touted, but i did enjoy it. part of what didn't work for me was just the subject matter (which, since Zola, has been trod to death and into practically a cliche), but mostly my problem was the character of Etienne Lantier, who i just didn't care for. what must it say about me that the character i did instantly connect with was Souvarine the anarchist (and his bunny). ah well.

all in all there were images in this book that will probably haunt me forever (not for the weak of stomach), and the climactic (though predictable) ending was rather riveting (in spite of being predictable)! again, not my favorite of the series so far, but probably in fourth place (which is not too bad, given my predilections).


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